Charity events on Snowdon
There are many considerations for charity events in the mountains, here are some thoughts from Llanberis MRT's experiences.
There are many different types of charity events on Snowdon ranging from single person ascents with a twist e.g. Walking up in stiletto heels, carrying unusual objects, people with disabilities ascending the mountain through to mass events involving hundreds of people.
So what are the considerations?
The safety considerations outlined in the safety pages are paramount: can the participants get themselves up and down the mountain whatever the conditions? Many people, especially those on 'organised' events believe that all they have to do is walk and that the route won't demand any need to navigate. But if the weather is poor there will be a need to make route finding decisions! There have been incidents where dozens of participants end up lost or misplaced on the mountain, resulting in avoidable mountain rescue call-outs.
If you are on Snowdon as the last leg of a 3 peaks event: we have had to assist people whose knees have given up or people who were in so much pain they probably shouldn't have started onto the mountain. If you are on an organised event with marshals or leaders, take their advice. If conditions are not good, have a contingency plan and don't go for the summit and get yourselves into difficulties.
If you are involved in a large event, those organising need to know who is on the mountain and approximately where they are, who is off the mountain and what the emergency procedures are. The cafes on the mountain shut in the early evening and the last train leaves the summit at 6 pm latest on busy days (earlier on others). Getting to the top isn't the hard part-getting safely down as a group is!
If you are on the hill take your litter with you, better still collect a little of what other less thoughtful hill users drop - we'll be grateful!
Think about what time you need to set off and where you will walk from as parking at Pen y Pass can be very congested if not impossible. Starting from Llanberis can be much easier for parking and getting provisions even though the walking route up and down the Llanberis path is a little longer.
Have a great day on Snowdon and we hope you can do this responsibily and safely while raising money for your chosen charity.
Download the Charity Code of Conduct Guidelines for Snowdon here
Charity Events on Snowdon
3 Peaks Fundraising Code of Conduct
Llanberis MRT is a charity which relies on fundraising to support life-saving work
View our Safety Info pages